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Eas-nan-Arm Bridge

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Eas-nan-Arm Bridge
Drochaid Beul-ath Cheapain
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From:  Cluanie
To:  Shiel Bridge
Glen Shiel
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Crossings related to the A87

At the point where the River Shiel plunges down the Eas-nan-Arm waterfall in Glen Shiel, a battle was fought in 1719 as one of the early skirmishes of the Jacobite cause against the Government. A few years later, a Military Road was constructed through the glen to link the barracks at Glenelg with Fort Augustus, and the same point was chosen as a crossing point of the river. Then, in 1815, Thomas Telford built his road through the glen, constructing the old bridge as he went. Finally, towards the end of the 20th Century when the A87 was being upgraded, a new bridge was built across the river a little upstream of Telford's.

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The old bridge

Telford's Bridge was constructed in 1815 as part of his road from Invermoriston west to Lochalsh. It is unclear as to whether the military road, whose route he followed through Glen Shiel, had used a bridge or a ford to cross the river, but as Telford was building a road fit for horse and coach, a bridge was now essential.

The bridge itself is a single, low stone arch stretched across the meandering river. The eastern approach is along a raised stone bank at the side of the narrow glen, before curving onto the bridge itself. The bridge's parapets are slightly lifted above the arch, suggesting a slight humpback to the roadway. However, the road is level, although perhaps this just reflects a re-profiling of the surface to carry cars and lorries.

Eas-nan-Arm Bridge

The new bridge carries the A87 across the River Shiel a little to the east of the old bridge. It is a single span concrete deck supported by metal girders.

Eas-nan-Arm Bridge
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